Netflix announced some time ago that they were developing an anime series featuring Godzilla, directed by Hiroyuki Seshita (Ajin, Knights of Sidonia) and Kobun Shizuno (Knights of Sidonia, Detective Conan) from a script by Gen Urobuchi (Psycho-Pass, Blassreiter). Now, thanks to Crunchyroll, we know the film will be titled Godzilla: Monster Planet and is set to premiere in Japan this November before debuting on Netflix. The voice cast will consist of Yūki Kaji (Attack on Titan, One-Punch Man), Takahiro Sakurai (Berserk, Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children), Mamoru Miyano (Tokyo Ghoul, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood), Junichi Suwabe (Space Dandy, Highschool of the Dead), Kana Hanazawa (Durarara!!, Psycho-Pass) and Tomokazu Sugita (Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure, Blazblue).
Check out the official poster, concept images and synopsis below:
The appearance of the giant living creatures “Kaiju’s” and the ultimate existence that destroys all monsters: Godzilla. Through the battle against kaiju’s that lasted for half a century, human beings has experienced continuous defeat, and finally plans to escape from the Earth. And in 2048, only those who were selected by the A.I. managed under the central government boarded the inter-sidereal emigrant spaceship “Aratrum” to head for “Tau Cetus e”, the planet beyond the distance of 11.9 light-year. However, the environmental condition differences between that of the Earth and Tau e, which they finally arrived after 20 years were far beyond the predicted numbers, and was not an environment considered to be habitable by human beings.
The young man on the emigrant ship: Haruo, who saw his parents killed by Godzilla in front of his eyes when he was 4 years old, had only one thing in his mind for 20 years: to return to the Earth and defeat Godzilla. Shut out from the possibility of emigration, as the living environment in the ship deteriorates, the group of “Earth Returnists” led by Haruo became the majority, and determines to head back to Earth through a dangerous long-distance hyperspace navigation.
However, the Earth they have returned has already passed the time of 20,000 years, and has become an unknown world with the ecosystem reigned by Godzilla.
At the end, will human beings win back the Earth? And what will Haruo see beyond his fate…?
That definitely sounds like one doozy of a film. The plot is very anime-esque and unlike anything we’ve seen in a Godzilla film before. It will definitely set it apart from the Japanese Shin Godzilla sequel and the American Godzilla: King of the Monsters sequel to 2014’s Godzilla, both of which are set in Legendary Pictures’ MonsterVerse with Kong: Skull Island. Both Seshita and Shizuno’s anime Ajin and Knights of Sidonia were developed as Netflix Originals so it’s not surprising that the streaming giant would bring them onboard for this. Netflix has been aggressively growing its original content, specifically its anime which, if it continues to be successful, could potentially put them in direct competition with Crunchyroll, Funimation and Anime Network.